Paths for All's vision is for a happier, healthier Scotland where physical activity improves quality of life and wellbeing for all. Our aim is to significantly increase the number of people who choose to walk in Scotland and a key element of this work involves promoting active travel.
Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) is Paths for All’s behaviour change programme aimed at getting people to walk, cycle and wheel more for short journeys and adopt sustainable travel options for longer journeys. Currently in its seventh year of funding from Transport Scotland, the Programme provides grants to public and third sector organisations, encourages the sharing of good practice and promotes collaborative work at local, regional and national level. SCSP is used by all Scotland’s local authorities and funds many other third and public sector organisations to deliver locally specific initiatives that meet local needs.
The role of the SCSP Manager is pivotal in ensuring that the Programme continues to deliver on its core mission whilst expanding its reach to new audiences. The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate strong organisational and communication skills alongside experience of developing and implementing innovative operational plans and managing a high-performing team. This is an exciting and challenging time to ensure Paths for All’s increasing levels of investment in active and sustainable travel make a contribution to Scotland’s climate change and public health priorities.
In addition, the SCSP Manager is a member of Paths for All’s senior management team contributing to all aspects of organisation wide strategic and operational planning and delivery.
Founded in 1996 Paths for All works in partnership with 30 national organisations who share their vision of Scotland being a walking nation where everyone has the opportunity to be active every day, creating a happier, healthier, and greener Scotland.
As Scotland is emerging from the Covid lock-down we firmly believe our mission to encourage and enable physical activity for everyone, at anytime and anywhere is deeply relevant with the wide-reaching benefits of active lifestyles for mental and physical health, and the value of shared activity in our social lives having become clear.
Reporting to Paths for All’s Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for the leadership and management of the operational and financial affairs of the charity and champion its vision for a happier, healthier Scotland where physical activity improves quality of life and wellbeing for all. Leading by example and ensuring Paths for All maintains its strong culture of openness, collaboration and partnership working you will maintain and enhance the organisation’s reputation, credibility and profile, re-affirming its position as a strong and recognised voice for the promotion of physical activity, active travel and fit for purpose environments in Scotland, directly influencing the development and delivery of national policy.
A proactive, solutions focused and visionary leader with experience of managing, motivating, and developing staff both individually and collectively and a proven track record in effectively managing resources and budgets to deliver long term financial sustainability and value for money. You will be an accomplished communicator with credibility when engaging with internal and external stakeholders coupled with the ability to create alliances and encourage collaboration with other organisations.
The successful candidate should also be able to demonstrate:
• Experience of leading both strategic and operational planning processes
• A good understanding of positive governance; ideally with direct experience of working with a voluntary board
• Strong political acuity coupled with knowledge of, or the ability to quickly gain an understanding of, the wider policy landscape within which Paths for All operates
• A good understanding of how advocacy can change public perception and influence change and policy agendas
As an organisation we have an important part to play in Scotland’s future. If you are excited by the opportunity, we offer and can identify and develop new opportunities to improve the wellbeing and quality of life for people in Scotland.